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A Much of a Which of a Wind--Chapter 11

February 8, 2014
Posted at 11:07 am
Updated: February 8, 2014 - 11:07 am

Chapter 11 posted.
A word about the business of needing "codes' to get telephone information about hospital patients.
In most hospitals it's real. My late wife was an ICU nurse, and had to deal with it. If someone called asking about a patient without the correct code she was told not even to acknowledge that a patient by that name was there.
It's a privacy thing. And it can be a problem if, as sometimes happens, you forget the code-or, worse yet, the hospital does.
Yeah, they're supposed to keep records, but I've had them lose track and been told that a patient wasn't there even though I had the right code.I wound up having to make a two-hour drive into the hospital to find out what was going on (it wasn't good). Mostly the system works, but when it doesn't things can get awkward.The price we pay for privacy.